1990 FIFA World Cup

1990 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host countryItaly
Dates8 June – 8 July
Teams24
Venue(s)12 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
Champions23x15px West Germany (Script error: No such module "Ordinal". title)
Runners-up23x15px Argentina
Third placeITAborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge ITA Italy
Fourth placeENGborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge ENG England
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored115 (2.21 per match)
Attendance2,516,348 (48,391 per match)
Top scorer(s)ITAborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge ITA Salvatore Schillaci (6 goals)
Best playerITAborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge ITA Salvatore Schillaci
1986
1994

The 1990 FIFA World Cup was a football (soccer) sporting event that was held in Italy from 8 June to 8 July 1990. 24 teams took part from many countries. Germany won the trophy after beating Argentina in the final.

The 1990 FIFA World Cup had the lowest amount of goals, and had 16 red cards handed out. However, the 1990 FIFA World Cup was one of the most watched sporting events of all time. This was also the last World Cup that had 2 points for a win in the Group Stage.

Qualification

24 teams qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Costa Rica, Republic of Ireland and the United Arab Emirates qualified for the first time.

Team Qualified as Appearance
in finals
Qualifying
Streak
Past best performance
23x15px Argentina <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Champions</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">10th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">5</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Winners (1978, 1986)</span>
23x15px Austria <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 3 Runners-up</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">6th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span> (Last: 1982) <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Third place (1954)</span>
23x15px Belgium <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 7 Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">8th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">3</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Fourth place (1986)</span>
23x15px Brazil <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">CONMEBOL Group Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">14th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">14</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Winners (1958, 1962, 1970)</span>
23x15px Cameroon <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">CAF Final Round Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">2nd</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span> (Last: 1982) <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Group Stage (1982)</span>
23x15px Colombia <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">CONMEBOL v OFC Play-off Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">2nd</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span> (Last: 1962) <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Group Stage (1962)</span>
23x15px Costa Rica <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">CONCACAF Championship Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1st</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span>
23x15px Czechoslovakia <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 7 Runners-up</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">8th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span> (Last: 1982) <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Runners-up (1934, 1962)</span>
23x15px Egypt <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">CAF Final Round Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">2nd</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span> (Last: 1934) <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">First Round (1934)</span>
23x15px England <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 2 Runners-up</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">9th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">3</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Winners (1966)</span>
23x15px Italy <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Hosts</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">12th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">8</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Winners (1934, 1938, 1982)</span>
23x15px Korea Republic <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">AFC Final Round Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">3rd</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">2</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Group Stage (1954, 1986)</span>
23x15px Netherlands <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 4 Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">5th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span> (Last: 1978) <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Runners-up (1974, 1978)</span>
23x15px Ireland <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 6 Runners-up</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1st</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span>
23x15px Romania <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 1 Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">5th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span> (Last: 1970) <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Group Stage (1930, 1934, 1938, 1970)</span>
23x15px Scotland <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 5 Runners-up</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">7th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">5</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Group Stage (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986)</span>
23x15px Spain <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 6 Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">8th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">4</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Fourth place (1950)</span>
23x15px Sweden <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 2 Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">8th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span> (Last: 1978) <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Runners-up (1958)</span>
23x15px United Arab Emirates <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">AFC Final Round Runners-up</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1st</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span>
23x15px United States <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">CONCACAF Championship Runners-up</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">4th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span> (Last: 1950) <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Third place (1930)</span>
23x15px Uruguay <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">CONMEBOL Group Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">9th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">2</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Winners (1930, 1950)</span>
23x15px Soviet Union <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 3 Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">7th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">3</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Fourth place (1966)</span>
23x15px Yugoslavia <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 5 Winners</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">8th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">1</span> (Last: 1982) <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Fourth place (1930, 1962)</span>
23x15px West Germany <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">UEFA Group 4 Runners-up</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">12th</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">10</span> <span data-sort-value="Script error: No such module "sortkey".">Winners (1954, 1974)</span>

Participants

Africa

Asia

Europe

North and Central America

South America

Group stage

Group A

Hosts Italy won Group A with a 100 percent record. They beat Austria 1–0 thanks to substitute Salvatore 'Totò' Schillaci, who had played only one international before but would become a star during the tournament. A second 1–0 victory followed against a United States team already thumped 5–1 by Czechoslovakia. The Czechoslovaks ended runners-up in the group, while the USA's first appearance in a World Cup Finals since 1950 ended with three consecutive defeats.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Italy 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 6
23x15px Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 4
23x15px Austria 3 1 0 2 2 3 –1 2
23x15px United States 3 0 0 3 2 8 –6 0
9 June 1990
Italy 23x15px 1-0 23x15px Austria Stadio Olimpico, Rome
10 June 1990
United States 23x15px 1-5 23x15px Czechoslovakia Stadio Comunale, Florence
14 June 1990
Italy 23x15px 1-0 23x15px United States Stadio Olimpico, Rome
15 June 1990
Austria 23x15px 0-1 23x15px Czechoslovakia Stadio Comunale, Florence
19 June 1990
Italy 23x15px 2-0 23x15px Czechoslovakia Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Austria 23x15px 2-1 23x15px United States Stadio Comunale, Florence

Group B

Cameroon defeated reigning champions Argentina. Despite ending the match with only nine men, the African team held on for a shock 1–0 win, with contrasting fortunes for the brothers Biyik: François Omam scoring the winning goal, shortly after seeing Andre Kana sent off for a serious foul. In their second game the introduction of Roger Milla was the catalyst for a 2–1 win over Romania, Milla scoring twice from the bench (making him the oldest goalscorer in the tournament). With progression assured, Cameroon slumped to a 4–0 defeat in their final group game to a Soviet Union (in what would be their last World Cup due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union) side striving to stay in the tournament on goal difference after successive 2–0 defeats. A 1–1 draw between Romania and Argentina sent both through, the latter as one of the best third-placed teams.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Cameroon 3 2 0 1 3 5 –2 4
23x15px Romania 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
23x15px Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
23x15px Soviet Union 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 2
8 June 1990
Argentina 23x15px 0-1 23x15px Cameroon San Siro, Milan
9 June 1990
Soviet Union Soviet Unionborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Soviet Union 0-2 23x15px Romania Stadio San Nicola, Bari
13 June 1990
Argentina 23x15px 2-0 23x15px Soviet Union Stadio San Paolo, Naples
14 June 1990
Cameroon 23x15px 2-1 23x15px Romania Stadio San Nicola, Bari
18 June 1990
Argentina 23x15px 1-1 23x15px Romania Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Cameroon 23x15px 0-4 23x15px Soviet Union Stadio San Nicola, Bari

Group C

Costa Rica beat Scotland 1–0 in their first match, lost 1–0 to Brazil in their second, then saw off Sweden 2–1 to claim a place in the second round. Brazil took maximum points from the group. They began with a 2–1 win over Sweden, then beat both Costa Rica and Scotland 1–0. Scotland's 2–1 win over Sweden was not enough to save them from an early return home as one of the two lowest-ranked third-placed teams.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
24px Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 6
23x15px Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 4
24px Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2
23x15px Sweden 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
10 June 1990
Brazil 24px 2-1 23x15px Sweden Stadio delle Alpi, Turin
11 June 1990
Costa Rica 23x15px 1-0 24px Scotland Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
16 June 1990
Brazil 24px 1-0 23x15px Costa Rica Stadio delle Alpi, Turin
Sweden 23x15px 1-2 24px Scotland Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
20 June 1990
Brazil 24px 1-0 24px Scotland Stadio delle Alpi, Turin
Sweden 23x15px 1-2 23x15px Costa Rica Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa

Group D

Group D featured the most goals of all the groups, due in part to the defensive inadequacies of a United Arab Emirates team that lost 2–0 to Colombia, 5–1 to West Germany and 4–1 to Yugoslavia. West Germany topped the group after a 4–1 opening victory over group runners-up Yugoslavia.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px West Germany 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 5
23x15px Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 4
23x15px Colombia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
23x15px United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
9 June 1990
United Arab Emirates 23x15px 0-2 23x15px Colombia Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
10 June 1990
West Germany 23x15px 4-1 23x15px Yugoslavia San Siro, Milan
14 June 1990
Yugoslavia 23x15px 1-0 23x15px Colombia Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
15 June 1990
West Germany 23x15px 5-1 23x15px United Arab Emirates San Siro, Milan
19 June 1990
West Germany 23x15px 1-1 23x15px Colombia San Siro, Milan
Yugoslavia 23x15px 4-1 23x15px United Arab Emirates Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna

Group E

The winners of Group E were Spain, for whom Michel hit a hat-trick as they beat South Korea 3–1 in an unbeaten group campaign. Belgium won their first two games against South Korea and Uruguay to ensure their progress; Uruguay's advance to the second round came with an injury time winner against South Korea to edge them through as the weakest of the third-placed sides to remain in the tournament.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Spain 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 5
23x15px Belgium 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 4
23x15px Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
24px South Korea 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
12 June 1990
Belgium 23x15px 2-0 24px South Korea Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
13 June 1990
Uruguay 23x15px 0-0 23x15px Spain Stadio Friuli, Udine
17 June 1990
Belgium 23x15px 3-1 23x15px Uruguay Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
South Korea 24px 1-3 23x15px Spain Stadio Friuli, Udine
21 June 1990
Belgium 23x15px 1-0 23x15px Spain Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
South Korea 24px 0-1 23x15px Uruguay Stadio Friuli, Udine

Group F

Group F, featured the Netherlands, England, the Republic of Ireland and Egypt. In the six group games, no team managed to score more than once in a match. England beat Egypt 1–0, thanks to a 64th-minute goal from Mark Wright – and that was enough to win the group.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
23x15px Ireland 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
23x15px Netherlands 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
23x15px Egypt 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2

The Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands finished with identical records. With both teams assured of progressing, they were split by the drawing of lots to determine second and third place.

11 June 1990
England 23x15px 1-1 23x15px Ireland Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari
12 June 1990
Netherlands 23x15px 1-1 23x15px Egypt Stadio La Favorita, Palermo
16 June 1990
England 23x15px 0-0 23x15px Netherlands Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari
17 June 1990
Republic of Ireland Republic of Irelandborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Republic of Ireland 0-0 23x15px Egypt Stadio La Favorita, Palermo
21 June 1990
England 23x15px 1-0 23x15px Egypt Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari
Republic of Ireland Republic of Irelandborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Republic of Ireland 1-1 23x15px Netherlands Stadio La Favorita, Palermo

Ranking of third-placed teams

Group Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
B 23x15px Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
D 23x15px Colombia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
F 23x15px Netherlands 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
E 23x15px Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
A 23x15px Austria 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2
C 24px Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2

Knockout stage

The knockout stage involved the 16 teams that qualified from the group stage of the tournament. There were four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds were: round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, final. There was also a play-off to decide third/fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes was followed by 30 minutes of extra time; if scores were still level there would be a penalty shoot-out (at least five penalties each, and more if necessary) to determine who progressed to the next round. Scores after extra time are indicated by (aet), and penalty shoot outs are indicated by (p).

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
24 June – Turin            
 24px Brazil  0
30 June – Florence
 23x15px Argentina  1  
 23x15px Argentina (p)  0 (3)
26 June – Verona
   23x15px Yugoslavia  0 (2)  
 23x15px Spain  1
3 July – Naples
 23x15px Yugoslavia (aet)  2  
 23x15px Argentina (p)  1 (4)
25 June – Genoa
   23x15px Italy  1 (3)  
 23x15px Ireland (p)  0 (5)
30 June – Rome
 23x15px Romania  0 (4)  
 23x15px Ireland  0
25 June – Rome
   23x15px Italy  1  
 23x15px Italy  2
8 July – Rome
 23x15px Uruguay  0  
 23x15px Argentina  0
23 June – Bari
   23x15px West Germany  1
 23x15px Czechoslovakia  4
1 July – Milan
 23x15px Costa Rica  1  
 23x15px Czechoslovakia  0
24 June – Milan
   23x15px West Germany  1  
 23x15px West Germany  2
4 July – Turin
 23x15px Netherlands  1  
 23x15px West Germany (p)  1 (4)
23 June – Naples
   23x15px England  1 (3)   Third place
 23x15px Cameroon (aet)  2
1 July – Naples 7 July – Bari
 23x15px Colombia  1  
 23x15px Cameroon  2  23x15px Italy  2
26 June – Bologna
   23x15px England (aet)  3    23x15px England  1
 23x15px England (aet)  1
 23x15px Belgium  0  

Round of 16

Two of the ties – Argentina vs Brazil and Italy vs Uruguay – pitted former champion countries against each other, and West Germany met the Netherlands in a rematch of the 1974 World Cup Final.

The all-South American game was won for Argentina by a goal from Claudio Caniggia with 10 minutes remaining after a run through the Brazilian defence by Diego Maradona and an outstanding performance from their goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea. It would later come to light that Branco had been offered water spiked with tranquilisers by Maradona and Ricardo Giusti during half time, to slow him down in the second half. Initially discredited by the press, Branco would be publicly proven right years later, when Maradona confessed the episode in a TV show in Argentina. As for Italy, a strong second half showing saw the hosts beat Uruguay 2–0, thanks to another goal from Schillaci and one from Aldo Serena.

The match between West Germany and the Netherlands was held in Milan, and both sides featured several notable players from the two Milanese clubs (Germans Andreas Brehme, Lothar Matthäus and Jürgen Klinsmann for Internazionale, and Dutchmen Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard for Milan). After 22 minutes Rudi Völler and Rijkaard were both dismissed after a number of incidents (including Rijkaard spitting on Völler) between the two players left the Argentine referee with no option but to send them both off. As the players walked off the pitch together, Rijkaard spat on Völler a second time. Early in the second half, Jürgen Klinsmann put the West Germans ahead and Andreas Brehme added a second with eight minutes left. A Ronald Koeman penalty for the Netherlands in the 89th minute narrowed the score to 2–1 but the Germans saw the game out to gain some revenge for their exit to the Dutch in the previous European Championship.

Meanwhile, the heroics of Cameroon and Roger Milla continued in their game with Colombia. Milla was introduced as a second-half substitute with the game goalless, eventually breaking the deadlock midway in extra time. Three minutes later he netted a second after Colombian goalkeeper, René Higuita was dispossessed by Milla while well out of his goal, leaving the striker free to slot the ball into the empty net. Though the deficit was soon reduced to 2–1, Cameroon held on to become the first African team ever to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. Costa Rica were comfortably beaten 4–1 by Czechoslovakia, for whom Tomáš Skuhravý scored the tournament's second and final hat-trick.

The Republic of Ireland's match with Romania remained goalless after extra time, and the Irish side won 5–4 on penalties. David O'Leary converted the penalty that clinched Ireland's place in the quarter-finals. Ireland thus became the first team since Sweden in 1938 to reach the last eight in a World Cup finals tournament without winning a match outright. Yugoslavia beat Spain 2–1 after extra time, with Dragan Stojković scoring both the Yugoslavs' goals. England were the final qualifier against Belgium, as midfielder David Platt's swivelling volley broke the stalemate with the game moments away from a penalty shoot-out.

23 June 1990
17:00
Cameroon 23x15px 2-1
(a.e.t.)
23x15px Colombia Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Milla Goal 106'109' Redín Goal 115'

23 June 1990
21:00
Czechoslovakia 23x15px 4-1 23x15px Costa Rica Stadio San Nicola, Bari
Skuhravý Goal 12'63'82'
Kubík Goal 75'
González Goal 54'

24 June 1990
17:00
Brazil 24px 0-1 23x15px Argentina Stadio delle Alpi, Turin
Caniggia Goal 80'

24 June 1990
21:00
West Germany 23x15px 2-1 23x15px Netherlands San Siro, Milan
Klinsmann Goal 51'
Brehme Goal 82'
R. Koeman Goal 89' (pen.)

25 June 1990
17:00
Republic of Ireland Irelandborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Ireland 0-0
(a.e.t.)
23x15px Romania Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
  Penalties  
Sheedy Penalty scored
Houghton Penalty scored
Townsend Penalty scored
Cascarino Penalty scored
O'Leary Penalty scored
5-4 Penalty scored Hagi
Penalty scored Lupu
Penalty scored Rotariu
Penalty scored Lupescu
Penalty missed Timofte

25 June 1990
21:00
Italy 23x15px 2-0 23x15px Uruguay Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Schillaci Goal 65'
Serena Goal 83'

26 June 1990
17:00
Spain 23x15px 1-2
(a.e.t.)
23x15px Yugoslavia Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
Salinas Goal 83' Stojković Goal 78'92'

26 June 1990
21:00
England 23x15px 1-0
(a.e.t.)
23x15px Belgium Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
Platt Goal 119'

Quarter-finals

The first game of the last 8 saw Argentina and a Yugoslav side, reduced to 10 men after only half an hour, play out a goalless stalemate. The holders reached the semi-finals after winning the penalty shoot-out 3–2, despite Maradona having his penalty saved. A second Argentine miss (by Pedro Troglio) looked to have eliminated them until goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea – playing because first choice Nery Pumpido broke his leg during the group stage – rescued his side by stopping the Yugoslavs' final two spotkicks.

The Republic of Ireland's World Cup run was brought to an end by a single goal from Schillaci in the first half of their quarter-final with hosts Italy. West Germany beat Czechoslovakia with a 25th minute Lothar Matthäus penalty.

The most intriguing match of the quarter-finals was between England and Cameroon. Apart from anything else, it was the only quarter-final to produce more than one goal. Despite Cameroon's heroics earlier in the tournament, David Platt put England ahead in the 25th minute. At half-time, Milla was brought on. In the second half, the game was turned on its head during a five-minute stretch: first Cameroon were awarded a penalty from which Emmanuel Kunde scored the equaliser; then in the 65th minute Eugene Ekeke put Cameroon ahead. Cameroon came within eight minutes of reaching the semi-finals before then they conceded a penalty, which Gary Lineker converted. Midway through extra time, England were awarded another penalty, and Lineker again scored from the spot. England were through to the semi-finals for the first time in 24 years.

30 June 1990
17:00
Argentina 23x15px 0-0
(a.e.t.)
23x15px Yugoslavia Stadio Comunale, Florence
  Penalties  
Serrizuela Penalty scored
Burruchaga Penalty scored
Maradona Penalty missed
Troglio Penalty missed
Dezotti Penalty scored
3-2 Penalty missed Stojković
Penalty scored Prosinečki
Penalty scored Savićević
Penalty missed Brnović
Penalty missed Hadžibegić

30 June 1990
21:00
Republic of Ireland Republic of Irelandborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Republic of Ireland 0-1 23x15px Italy Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Schillaci Goal 38'

1 July 1990
17:00
Czechoslovakia 23x15px 0-1 23x15px West Germany San Siro, Milan
Matthäus Goal 25' (pen.)

1 July 1990
21:00
Cameroon 23x15px 2-3
(a.e.t.)
23x15px England Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Kundé Goal 61' (pen.)
Ekéké Goal 65'
Platt Goal 25'
Lineker Goal 83' (pen.)105' (pen.)

Semi-finals

The first semi-final featured the host nation, Italy, and the world champion, Argentina in Naples. 'Toto' Schillaci scored yet again to put Italy ahead in the 17th minute, but Claudio Cannigia equalised midway through the second half, breaking Walter Zenga's clean sheet streak throughout the tournament. There were no more goals in the 90 minutes or in extra time despite Maradona (who played for Naples in Serie A at the time) in showing glimpses of magic, but there was a sending-off: Ricardo Giusti of Argentina was shown the red card in the 13th minute of extra time. Argentina went through on penalties, winning the shoot-out 4–3 after more heroics from Goycochea.

The semi-final between West Germany and England at Juventus's home stadium in Turin was goalless at half-time. Then, in the 60th minute, a shot from Andreas Brehme was deflected by Paul Parker into his own net. England equalised with 10 minutes left, Gary Lineker was the scorer. The game ended 1-1. Extra time yielded more chances and Klinsmann was guilty of two glaring misses while both sides struck a post. England had another Platt goal disallowed for offside. The match went to penalties and West Germany went on to win the 4-3.

3 July 1990
20:00
Argentina 23x15px 1-1
(a.e.t.)
23x15px Italy Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Caniggia Goal 67' Schillaci Goal 17'
  Penalties  
Serrizuela Penalty scored
Burruchaga Penalty scored
Olarticoechea Penalty scored
Maradona Penalty scored
4-3 Penalty scored Baresi
Penalty scored Baggio
Penalty scored De Agostini
Penalty missed Donadoni
Penalty missed Serena

4 July 1990
20:00
West Germany 23x15px 1-1
(a.e.t.)
23x15px England Stadio delle Alpi, Turin
Brehme Goal 60' Lineker Goal 80'
  Penalties  
Brehme Penalty scored
Matthäus Penalty scored
Riedle Penalty scored
Thon Penalty scored
4-3 Penalty scored Lineker
Penalty scored Beardsley
Penalty scored Platt
Penalty missed Pearce
Penalty missed Waddle

Third-place match

The game saw three goals in a 15-minute spell. Roberto Baggio opened the scoring after a rare mistake by England's goalkeeper Peter Shilton, in his final game before international retirement, presented a simple opportunity. A header by David Platt levelled the game 10 minutes later but Schillaci was fouled in the penalty area five minutes later, leading to a penalty. Schillaci himself got up to convert the kick to win him the tournament's Golden Boot for his six-goal tally. Nicola Berti had a goal ruled out minutes later, but the hosts claimed third place. England had the consolation prize of the Fair Play award, having received no red cards and the lowest average number of yellows per match.

7 July 1990
20:00
Italy 23x15px 2-1 23x15px England Stadio San Nicola, Bari
Baggio Goal 71'
Schillaci Goal 86' (pen.)
Platt Goal 81'

Final

The final between West Germany and Argentina has been cited as the most cynical and lowest quality of all World Cup Finals. In the 65th minute, Argentina's Pedro Monzon was sent off for a foul on Jürgen Klinsmann, the first player ever to be sent off in a World Cup Final.

Argentina, weakened by suspension and injury, offered little attacking threat throughout a contest dominated by the West Germans, who struggled to create many clear goalscoring opportunities. The only goal of the contest arrived in the 85th minute when Mexican referee Edgardo Codesal awarded a penalty to West Germany, after a foul on Rudi Völler by Roberto Sensini. Andreas Brehme, who later said there was no foul, converted the spot kick to settle the contest. In the closing moments, Argentina were reduced to nine after Gustavo Dezotti received the second yellow card of the game when he hauled Jürgen Kohler to the ground during a stoppage in play. The 1–0 scoreline provided another first: Argentina were the first team to fail to score in a World Cup Final.

With its third title (and three second-place finishes) West Germany – in its final tournament before national reunification – became the most successful World Cup nation at the time. West German manager Franz Beckenbauer became the only man to both captain (in 1974) and manage a World Cup winning team, and only the second man (after Mário Zagallo of Brazil) to win the World Cup as a player and as team manager. It was also the first time a team from UEFA won the final against a non-European team.

8 July 1990
20:00
West Germany 23x15px 1-0 23x15px Argentina Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 73,603
Referee: Mexicoborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Mexico Edgardo Codessal
Brehme Goal 85' (pen.)

Goalscorers

2 goals

1 goal

References